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I am 31 and finishing up my PhD (writing) in cancer biology. I am defending in April and graduating in May.

I've lost over 50 pounds on sparkpeople, but they have been the same pounds over and over. I'm tired of the cycle!

I am 31 and finishing up my PhD (writing) in cancer biology. I am defending in April and graduating in May.

I've lost over 50 pounds on sparkpeople, but they have been the same pounds over and over. I'm tired of the cycle!



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 Pounds lost: 16.5 

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Member Since: 10/4/2006

SparkPoints: 15,732

Fitness Minutes: 7,885

My Goals:
-Pass my lowest weight from last year before the end of July 2014

-Be below my lowest weight in 10 years by Christmas 2014

-Be in onederland for my wedding in 2015

-Warrior Dash in Chicago June 2014 with brother, boyfriend, and bestie

Overall goals:
-lose 128 pounds
-like myself more
-be able to run a 5k
-stop avoiding mirrors and photos
-be comfortable in a swimming suit
-stop feeling judged because of my weight (whether made up or real)

My Program:
Currently trying some work out dvds with strength training, as it is too cold for walking and swimming. Will go back to that once spring arrives!

-staying within my calorie range while still allowing myself to eat some of the things I love (oh hi chocolate and chai tea lattes)

-eat out 0-1 dinners a week, staying within calorie range

-planned cheat meals 1-2 times a month (hello there indian food)

Personal Information:
Born and raised in the Chicago burbs. Undergraduate work in cell and structural biology at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. Worked Rush University in Chicago as a clinical research coordinator for 2 years after college. Moved to DC to do my PhD at Georgetown University in tumor biology. Currently living in Fort Collins, Colorado, finishing up writing my dissertation. Looking for a job!
I am a Chicagophile for life!

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I love to sing, read, play video games (mostly mmorpgs), bake, play board games (munchkin, pandemic, castle ravenloft to name a couple) and swim.
My mom recently taught me how to knit!

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Member Comments:
6/28/2014 11:58:21 AM

I'm so glad you are back!! I'm sorry to hear that you've gained the weight back but you're right I am failing right now as well and have gained most of what I lost last year myself. All but 10 pounds. So here I sit. I'm trying to reevaluate my program and my way of thinking to see if maybe there are some tweaks that will help me stick to the program for once. Zumba is great. I really enjoy it and it burns a ton of calories. I haven't done it in a few months but I'm planning on starting back up on Monday. I have Zumba for the Xbox One and do it on there. Classes can be really expensive but if you have a gaming system the game is well worth the price and you'll get way more use for the money compared to paying for classes. We can do this..I know we can..the fact we keep coming back to Spark means we haven't and won't give up.

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5/20/2014 3:50:13 PM


You are the recipient of the Beautiful Woman Award!!

Once you've been given this award, you have to paste it on the page of 8 women who deserve it. If you receive more than 3, you know you're really beautiful! If you break the chain, nothing will happen, but it's always good to know someone thinks you're beautiful inside and out!

Again, Congratulations Beautiful!

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3/4/2014 10:40:08 AM

I know how you feel..I hate tracking but hopefully if we do good this week and track we will see a nice change on the scale! Here's hoping anyways!

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3/2/2014 6:58:07 PM

Thanks so much for the goodie :) I weighed in up today at 251.8 but I checked in mid week last week and was at 255.8 so I am highly impressed with the work I've done. I'm still not feeling 100% up to snuff but now that it's been 2 weeks worth of's time to stop babying myself and slowly (very slowly) get back into exercise and seriously track my food. Tomorrow my goal is to track EVERYTHING..hopefully in range but if long as it's tracked I'll be happy! Let me know how your weigh in goes! Good luck!

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2/12/2014 11:42:27 AM

Oh I love salads! I don't put any extra veggies in except sometimes mushrooms and onions but thats it. The rest is serving of cheese and dressing. I also have had PMS this week and have had two nights of binge eating. I'm really hoping to break the cycle tonight. That will give me 4 good days till weigh in. I also have been thinking I need to do away with a set cheat day a week. I think it's really hurting my progress both mentally and physically. I'm ok with a cheat meal a week but a whole day set is killing me I'm afraid. It enables my binge eating monster and I really want him to stay at bay!

How close are you to getting your PhD?

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